- Suggested retail price: $269
- Thursday, February 4 (for as long as it lasts), we're pouring one ounce of each for $8
The Rozès family has been distilling Armagnac for four generations. Château de Leberon is a 12 hectare estate with south facing vineyards situated on sandy soil with lots of pebbles that reflect sunlight and retain warmth. They grow Ugni Blanc, Colombard, and Folle Blanche, with an average vine age of 40 years with some vines approaching 60 years old. The latest generation, headed by sisters Sophie and Caroline, are moving the domaine to organic and biodynamic viticulture. Trying to achieve the purest spirit possible, the fermentation is done with natural yeast, no sulphur is used, and the brandies are aged in local Gascon wood casks that are 420 liters in volume. The casks are made from trees that grow on the estate.
The brandies are then bottled according to their “Triple Zero” philosophy – no sugar, no coloring, no water. Ténarèze Armagnacs are known for their richness and expressions of dried fruits – figs, dates – and sweet spice. The unadulterated brandies bottled by Château de Leberon express this terroir. The manipulations used by the majority of Armagnac négociants mask its origin, making them nearly indistinguishable from the other appellations’ brandies. The Rozès don't do that.